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McChrystal settles into new niche

By Laurie Bennett

November 3, 2011 at 9:07am

The news that JetBlue had yet again left passengers stranded on the tarmac during a snowstorm brought Stanley A. McChrystal to mind.

After being relieved of his command last year by President Obama, McChrystal resigned from the Army and went into business. He became a director of the airline last November.

JetBlue cited his strengths in logistics and air traffic issues as traits that suited him for board service. We’re thinking that the retired general might provide management with some thoughts about how to prevent passengers from being stuck inside parked airplanes for seven hours at a stretch…

Stanley A. McChrystal
Stanley A. McChrystal

McChrystal has been rebuilding, quietly, since his firing over the Rolling Stone article that quoted his senior aides disparaging members of the Obama administration.

He serves on the board of Navistar International and founded a consultancy, the McChrystal Group.

Although McChrystal Group is not registered as a lobby shop, an affiliated company, Shockey Scofield Solutions is.

Shockey Scofield was started by Jeff Shockey, former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, and John Scofield, a former principal of the Podesta Group.

McChrystal Group’s web site doesn’t mention any ties to Shockey Scofield, but a spokesman told the Huffington Post in May that clients needing lobby services would be referred to the firm.

In a tweet, the McChrystal Group described the lobby shop as a “strategic partner.”

Shockey Scofield’s client list would indicate a close connection between the two enterprises. In recent months, the firm has signed defense contractors such as General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and CH2M Hill.

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